In a CNBC interview yesterday, Maria Bartiromo asked President Bush: “Have you ever Googled anybody? Do you use Google?” Here's his answer to the hardball question that's on everybody's mind.
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“Occasionally. One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps. It’s very interesting to see that. I forgot the name of the program, but you get the satellite and you can — like, I kind of like to look at the ranch on Google, reminds me of where I want to be sometimes. Yeah, I do it some. I tend not to email or — not only tend not to email, I don’t email, because of the different record requests that can happen to a president. I don’t want to receive emails because, you know, there’s no telling what somebody’s email may — it would show up as, you know, a part of some kind of a story, and I wouldn’t be able to say, `Well, I didn’t read the email. 'But I sent it to your address, how can you say you didn’t?' So, in other words, I’m very cautious about emailing.”
You have to wonder what kind of communication goes on inside the White House that he fears might become "part of some story." Abramoff ring a bell? Too bad the Patriot Act doesn't afford the same privacy to US citizens. I think it's funny how he refers to it as "the Google." Remember the classic "Internets" line in the second 2004 Presidential debate? This guy is almost as out of touch with technology as Senator Ted "Tubes" Stevens. Also, do you really need Google Maps when you have the National Reconnaissance Office's spy satellites that can identify objects on the ground as small as 24 inches in real time?